Tools and tips
A glossary of tools and tips for Moodle and more.
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Default assignment submission file type
The default file type for assignments in Moodle is now set to .doc/docx (Word documents) rather than .pdf (PDF documents). Any new assignments set up will default to Word only, but the setting can be changed to include additional file types or set different types (such as PDF) as the default.
Enabling word count in forums
Display word count is a useful setting if a forum is used for a specific activity.
Simply change the default setting to Yes in the 'Attachments and word count' section for the Forum(s).
Note: the word count does not display until the message is posted in the forum.
Managing forum posts in one location
A link can be created that displays all posts from all forums with the last post appearing first in Moodle. This reduces the need to search through every forum individually.
Click on the Search forums button in any forum to go to the Advanced Search page. Enter the first and last date of Trimester in the fields for 'Posts must be newer' and 'Posts must be older' respectively. Bookmark the resulting page to go back any time during the teaching period.
Searching Forum posts
Forum posts can be searched for keywords using the Search button on the top right of the screen in any forum.
This search will look for the keywords in both the subject line and content of all forum posts in a unit. An advanced search is also available (press the search button without typing anything in the search box to access) which allows searches to be refined with exact phrases, dates, author as well as the option to search specific forums.
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